The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) said Tuesday it merged with the Public Technology Institute (PTI), with CompTIA as the surviving entity. The deal brings together PTIs expertise in deployment of technology at the county and city level with CompTIA’s public sector, association and certification resources. “Private/public partnerships are critical to tackling our country’s most important opportunities–from IT modernization to broadband to smart cities,” Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA’s CEO, said in a statement. PTI’s current board of directors will act as an executive council and advise CompTIA going forward. “We are looking forward to continuing to provide our members with the world-class level of professional development, technology thought leadership, industry research and insight, consulting services, networking and other important resources they have come to expect and enjoy from PTI while expanding our reach and our relevance with the support of CompTIA,” PTI Executive Director Alan Shark said.